Ouster of general shows North Korean leader consolidating power

SEOUL — In the first months of Kim Jong Un’s rule over North Korea, Vice Marshal Ri Yong Ho was one of the officials most often seen with him.

They inspected military barracks and reviewed parades together. Photos often showed the young leader leaning in to listen to the general, and laughing. Just a week ago, Ri was seen standing next to Kim at an important state ceremony.

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